The Election Commission has a sacred responsibility of carrying out free, fair, and credible polls
The city corporation polls for Rajshahi, Barisal, and Sylhet have taken place, and the results are in.
We congratulate Rajshahi winner AHM Khairuzzaman Liton of the Awami League, and Barisal winner Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, also an AL candidate.
Hats off to BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury on coming out on top in the Sylhet election, without the help of Jamaat-e-Islami, although voting in Sylhet has been suspended, and we hope for a speedy resolution to the issue.
All those who turned out to vote should also be thanked for participating in the democratic process, which has not always been smooth.
It is regrettable that the entire process, as well as public confidence, has been undermined by boycotts, allegations of rigging, an assault on a candidate, and other irregularities -- we need to do much better than this.
One candidate alleged that polling agents were driven out of voting centres. In Rajshahi, many were obstructed from casting their votes. On top of all that there were incidences of vandalism and vote centres being seized.
The Election Commission has a sacred responsibility of carrying out free, fair, and credible polls, and put to rest suspicions and persistent allegations of irregularities -- in this regard, the EC has some ways to go.
The public expect a certain amount of maturity from its candidates. This means accepting victories when they win, and gracefully bowing out when they lose, and it does not look good when they fail do so -- always rejecting the results when they lose.
A credible democracy takes work, and it is necessary that all sides keep participating and playing by the rules -- democracy is not achieved in a day, and a solemn responsibility lies on the EC to ensure that the results are acceptable to all.